Pornsiri Cheevapattananuwong's Confirmation Presentation

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Pornsiri Cheevapattananuwong's Confirmation Presentation

We invite you to attend the Confirmation Presentation of Pornsiri Cheevapattananuwong, a Doctor of Philosophy candidate within the School of Social Sciences, in the Faculty of Arts, Business and Law.

Title: A positive transition for local people in an area of rapid economic development: A Case Study of Bangpakong River, Chachoengsao Province, Thailand

Presenter: Pornsiri Cheevapattananuwong

When: Monday 8 October 2pm-4pm

Where: E1.03

Abstract: For many decades it has been posited that economic development improves countries through industrial expansion and the use of natural resources. But often, as a result, there are impacts such as reduced food production and water pollution in the local areas. Thailand is a country which is facing these issues. Economic collaboration amongst countries in the Southeast Asia region, such as ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) and Greater Mekong Sub region (GMS), influences economic development plans and policies in the country.

Following the AEC and implemented in 2016, Thailand 4.0 is a twenty-year policy which targets economic growth by promoting technology and improving innovation. It is envisaged that Thailand’s economic development will lead to increased infrastructure and technology development for AEC through the Special Economic Zones (SEZ) and Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC) plans, which are strategies of Thailand 4.0.

However, early signs show that these social policy initiatives are creating negative impacts on the environment, particularly food and water security, as well as the livelihoods of local people. This study aims to better understand the dynamics of such rapid economic development plans, and the adaptation of local people and communities, as rural areas transform into sustainable urban areas. A multiple case study approach investigating two districts, in the areas of the Bangpakong River basin in Chachoengsao province (in the location of the SEZ and EEC), will be used to show the differences in perspectives on these issues.

Three research questions will assist in examining the phenomenon.

  1. What are the impacts of the development plans on the targeted rural area, in relation to water and food security?
  2. What are the dynamics and key factors for building social networks among local communities to negotiate and improve the economic development policies for water and food security?
  3. What is an alternative plan and how can it be developed to enable transformation into a sustainable urban area? 

This research builds on and contributes to work in the field of community development. It examines consequences of environmental and social change, and focuses on preventing negative effects and promoting a more positive transformation while attending to social justice, political regulation and sustainability for improving economic efficiency.

Social networks, social capital, political opportunity structure and community development practice concepts are factors that will be investigated in this research. Each factor will be considered in relation to its contribution to a positive transition, in an area of rapid economic development in communities along the river basins. This investigation will use qualitative research methods such as document screening, semi-structured in-depth interviews, observation and a consensus conference meeting with previously interviewed participants.

Bio: My name is Pornsiri Cheevapattananuwong, known as “Fa”.

I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Community Development at Khon Kaen University. My Master’s degree is in Sociology at Thammasat University, Thailand.

Since 2010, I have been a lecturer at the department of sociology and anthropology, Faculty of Humanities and Social Science, Mahasarakham University, Thailand. For the previous five years, I worked as a campaign assistant and youth project coordinator in Thailand and Southeast Asia at a non-profit international environmental organization.

I have work experience in various cultural settings, especially in different local communities in Thailand, Laos, Indonesia and Japan who are facing environmental and social impacts from energy development projects such as the construction of dams, coal and nuclear power plants.

I am interested in working for social and environmental justice which becomes necessary with development and social policy implementation in Thailand. I would like to support local communities in finding solutions to the conflicts caused by these injustices.

Should you have any questions about this event please contact FABLHDR@usc.edu.au.

We look forward to seeing you there.

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